Religious Extremism

  • Arab Spring Reform Hopes a Distant Memory

    August 06, 2014

    A Guardian report indicates that hopes of political liberalization and tolerance for pluralism that accompanied the Arab Spring events in the Middle East and North Africa have been erased by the emergence of a regional political map dominated by secular military autocrats, Islamist militant-extremists, Islamist theocratic hardliners, and renewed Israeli-Palestinian violence.

  • Islamic State Continues Jihadi Cleansing of Iraq's Religious Minorities

    August 06, 2014

    Forces from the Islamic State (the caliphate established in territory cutting across the Iraqi-Syrian border) continue their jihad against Iraq's non-Muslim religious minorities, expanding the cleansing perpetrated against Assyrian Christians to the small Yazidi communities of northwestern Iraq, with a series of convert-or-be-killed attacks against that ancient, pre-Christian, monotheistic community.

  • Islamist Militants Consolidating Terror Caliphate in Iraq

    August 06, 2014

    Leaders of the Islamic State, the caliphate established by the Islamist extremist group formerly known as ISIS, are consolidating a terror state in a Iraqi territory, forcing Muslim women to fully veil and stop working, imposing convert-pay-flee options on Christians, destroying non-Sunni religious sites, and using violence to punish any Iraqis who object to the new Islamist order.

  • Arab Gulf States Still at Odds over Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist Violence

    August 06, 2014

    Despite recent signals that Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar are interested in repairing this past Spring's formal diplomatic rupture within the Gulf Cooperation Council (“GCC”) over counter-terrorism and security strategy, the United Arab Emirates (“UAE”) continues to balk at Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, which Abu Dhabi views as tacit support for Islamist violence and a deal-breaker for efforts to advance GCC integration.

  • Turkey's Islamist Leaders Condemn Laughter for Women

    August 04, 2014

    Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister and a key ideologue in the country's Islamist governing party has provoked a massive Twitter outburst mocking his calls for women to stop laughing in public, part of his broader recommendations for Islam-based gender norms in Turkey.

  • Blasphemy Accusation Provokes Deadly Riot Against Minority Muslim Sect in Pakistan

    August 04, 2014

    Social media accusations of blasphemy against two individuals from Pakistan's Ahmadi community, a minority sect of Islam considered heretical by Sunni Muslims, provoked a deadly mob attack in the city of Gujranwala, continuing the spate of vigilante violence against "non-conforming" Muslims and non-Muslim minorities in Pakistan.

  • Christian Woman Condemned to Death under Sharia in Sudan Free

    July 30, 2014

    Mariam Ibrahim, the Ethiopian Orthodox Christian sentenced to death for apostasy under sharia law in Sudan, was finally freed, and traveled to Italy with her family, where she met with Pope Francis en route to the United States.

  • ISIS/Islamic State Orders Female Genital Mutilation

    July 28, 2014

    The United Nations is making efforts to investigate the current reports that The Islamic State (formally, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) has issued a fatwa (an Islamic religious directive) requiring all women and girls up to the age of 49 in the new entity to be subjected to female genital mutilation.

  • Taliban Sunnis Kill Shiites as Apostates from Islam

    July 28, 2014

    A group of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan killed Shiites hauled from a bus leaving the Afghan capital of Kabul, targeting Shiites for death as apostates from the Sunni version of Islam followed by the Taliban militants.

  • U.K. Legal System Faces Challenges over Conformity with Sharia

    July 28, 2014

    Key government and non-governmental legal actors in the U.K. (the Solicitors' Regulation Authority, the Law Society, and the Lawyers' Secular Society) remain at loggerheads over proposals to provide formal guidance to attorneys in England and Wales about adjustments to specific U.K. legal practices to conform with Islamic legal regulations (sharia).

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